Thursday, June 30, 2005
Johnny K. (J.K.) Warrick, pastor of Olathe, Kansas, College Church of the Nazarene, was elected to serve on the Board of General Superintendents during the denomination’s 26th General Assembly. The election, which came on the 35th ballot, occurred June 29 in Indianapolis. The general superintendency is the highest elected office in the Church of the Nazarene.
Warrick was escorted to the platform by Jack Stone, general secretary for the Church of the Nazarene. Addressing the assembly’s delegates and guests, Warrick accepted the election stating that he desired God’s will on his life and wanted to do what his church asked of him.
After attending Southern Nazarene University (SNU) for three years, Warrick graduated from Trinity College in Evansville, Indiana. He did graduate work at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. SNU honored him with a D.D. in 1994.
Warrick has been senior pastor of Olathe College Church since 1994. Prior to that assignment, he pastored Indianapolis Westside Church of the Nazarene for 11 years. During that time, Westside began an urban compassionate ministry, Shepherd Community, and planted another church, Avon Community Church of the Nazarene, in an Indianapolis suburb. He was ordained in 1972 on the Southeast Oklahoma District.
Born in Durant, Oklahoma, Warrick began his ministry in Texas and Oklahoma. He pastored Pensacola, Florida, First Church of the Nazarene from 1972 to 1975 and Cincinnati, Ohio, Springdale Church of the Nazarene from 1975 to 1982 before moving to Indianapolis.
His preaching style, a commitment to missions, and a record for fostering church growth have been the hallmarks of Warrick’s ministry. He has been a frequent speaker for camp meetings, retreats, and revivals.
Warrick and his wife, Patty, have two married children, Jill (Cook) and Brad, and two grandchildren.